Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Are Ayurvedic Doshas and Ayurvedic Food Patterns Related to Biomarkers and Symptoms of IBS?
by Bedi, Jessica, M.S.N., Bastyr University, 2017, 60; 10600518
Abstract (Summary)

OBJECTIVES: Diagnosis and treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in conventional medicine does not provide a method that alleviates symptoms for a lifetime. Ayurvedic medicine may be able to provide long-lasting relief and improve quality of life for individuals with IBS.

Ayurveda uses a combination of three doshas, or constitutions, to treat. Doshas are groups of qualities, making each human unique. Doshas are vata (wind), pitta (fire), and kapha (earth). Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) employs elimination diets to temporarily relieve symptoms. Ayurveda uses constitutional treatment to offer diets that may allow for enduring intestinal health.

The goal of this study is to develop a model to compare Ayurvedic and conventional assessment of IBS subtypes using Ayurvedic examination and diet analysis, as well as clinical biomarker testing for IBS-Diarrhea (IBS-D).

METHODS: In this model, Ayurvedic constitution of participants diagnosed with IBS are evaluated by pulse evaluation, facial line expression, and temperament examination Participants complete a three-day food journal to determine if food choices coincide with any doshic dominance. Two recently validated serum biomarkers for IBS-D, anti-CdtB and anti-vinculin- will assess IBS-Diarrhea correlation to pitta constitution via ELISA. Correlation statistics, demographic data, and evaluation and classification of food patterns for each dosha reported.

RESULTS/APPLICATION: Currently his model has been applied to two participants recruited from GI clinics in the Seattle area as a pilot research study at Bastyr Center for Natural Health.

CONCLUSIONS/IMPLICATIONS: This model provides a method to compare Ayurvedic and conventional diagnosis and treatment of IBS. This novel study has the advantage of potentially decreasing the skepticism between conventional and holistic medical systems. Funding provided by the Bastyr Faculty Student Research Grant.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kazaks, Alexandra
Commitee: Dean, William, Dhru, Dhaval
School: Bastyr University
Department: Department of Nutrition
School Location: United States -- Washington
Source: MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Alternative Medicine, Nutrition
Keywords: Ayurveda, Diet patterns, Integration, Irritable bowel syndrome, Model, Nutriton
Publication Number: 10600518
ISBN: 9780355102987
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